Environmental Education Department of Huntsville City Schools
Mission Statement: Connecting students to the natural world through purposeful field work and problem-based learning that empowers them to become responsible stewards of the planet.
EARTHSCOPE, Huntsville City Schools' Environmental Education Program, was established in 1978 to offer field-based environmental experiences citywide for grades Kindergarten through Sixth. Born of volunteers' vision and dedication, nurtured by a broad base of community support, EARTHSCOPE has grown to become comprehensive, locally funded, award winning education program. The EARTHSCOPE office is located at Goldsmith-Schiffman Elementary School.
Each year EARTHSCOPE's staff instructs over 15,000 students in grades K-6 about environmental and historical concepts and issues with the goal of instilling a sense of community and stewardship in the minds of young people. In addition to the staff of four, grants from the community enable EARTHSCOPE to contract an additional twelve, part-time instructors.
Huntsville City School teachers choose from a "menu" of 15 field-based opportunities for their students. All programs are correlated with the Alabama State Course of Study and serve to reinforce mandated curriculum.
**Please complete and return the field trip form 30 days prior to your trip. The in-county and out-of-county forms can be found here!
EARTHSCOPE Field Studies:
- EARTHSCOPE Treasure Trail and Burritt Barnyard Description
- Voices from the Grave: Huntsville History at Maple Hill Cemetery Description
- Voices from the Grave: Glenwood Cemetery African-American History Description
Craig Tufts, chief naturalist for the National Wildlife Federation assesses America's children as "separated from the natural world and prescribes new paths for reconnecting children with nature, resulting in healthier, better-adjusted individuals who will care for our planet."
Congratulations Kim Huskey!!
Kim Huskey from Huntsville City Schools' EARTHSCOPE, Environmental Education Program, received the Best Environmental Educator of Alabama Award. The award was given to her at the recent annual Environmental Education Association of Alabama (EEAA) conference on March 20, 2015.